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Developmental Magic? Two Takes on a Dialogue Conference

Ekman, Marianne and Huzzard, Tony LU (2007) In The Journal of Organizational Change Management 20(1). p.8-25
Abstract
This paper draws on the metaphor of ‘magic’ to explore the role of dialogue conferences and subsequent activities as a tool for organizational development and change. It is argued that the magic metaphor is a useful means for critically assessing the role of dialogue conferences in developmental processes, as magic is essentially double-edged in nature. On the one hand, magic is an activity wherein the seemingly impossible is made to happen; on the other it is an activity of simple illusion whereby appearance is at odds with reality. In the empirical setting of a change project in a regional health authority in Sweden, the action research ambitions of development, participation and dialogue in the change effort are critically assessed.... (More)
This paper draws on the metaphor of ‘magic’ to explore the role of dialogue conferences and subsequent activities as a tool for organizational development and change. It is argued that the magic metaphor is a useful means for critically assessing the role of dialogue conferences in developmental processes, as magic is essentially double-edged in nature. On the one hand, magic is an activity wherein the seemingly impossible is made to happen; on the other it is an activity of simple illusion whereby appearance is at odds with reality. In the empirical setting of a change project in a regional health authority in Sweden, the action research ambitions of development, participation and dialogue in the change effort are critically assessed. Against a backdrop of change fatigue and scepticism towards change, the unfolding of developmental processes set in train by an initial dialogue conference are assessed as a dynamic process of magic. (Less)
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  author       = {Ekman, Marianne and Huzzard, Tony},
  keyword      = {Organizational change,organizational development,magic,participation,dialogue,action research,integrated care},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {8--25},
  series       = {The Journal of Organizational Change Management},
  title        = {Developmental Magic? Two Takes on a Dialogue Conference},
  volume       = {20},
  year         = {2007},
}